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The Year of Faith Pilgrimage Series: Why?

Posted last October 10, 2012, 5:01 am in Services report article

 

At Sayari Afrika, the influence and ethic of Christianity informs our values. We have put together a program of pilgrimages to four main destinations of Christian heritage during this season of reflection and rediscovery:In an Apostolic Letter on 11th October 2011, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced a Year of Faith to be observed from 11th October 2012 to 24th November 2013. The commencement of this period coincides with two anniversaries of two important events; that of the Second Vatican Council (1962) and the publication of The Catechism of The Catholic Church (1992). Also coinciding with the General Assembly of The Synod of Bishops, The Year of Faith presents (in the words of the letter) “a time of particular reflection and rediscover of the faith.”

THE HOLY LAND, Israel                                

The itineraries will cover all the important sites, including in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Tiberias and Galilee as well as the Dead Sea region. Two of the 3 programs also include Egypt’s Mount Sinai. 

THE VATICAN, Italy

Extensive visits to the Seat of The Holy See and St. Peter’s Ministry. The significant Christian sites in the Municipality of Rome are covered, including The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and The Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

THE SACTUARY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES, France

This is a major Marian Shrine, the place where Bernadette Soubirous experienced Marian Apparitions between February and July 1858. The trips dedicate considerable time for prayer and reflection and feature the picturesque candlelight processions.

THE SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, Portugal

Perhaps the most famous site of Marian Sanctuary, Fatima is a popular pilgrimage destination. Its story centres on a series of six Marian Apparitions in 1917 to three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. The visions rendered what hitherto are known as ‘The three Secrets of Fatima’. 

Note: A cross-continental European trip combines The Vatican, Lourdes and Fatima with Avila, Spain, where St. Theresa of Avila – The Catholic faith’s first female recipient of the ‘Doctor of the Church’ title, was born.